social issues

Food Bank thanks

Cumbernauld Old has received a ‘thank-you’ note from Norma Cowan at Bethlehem House of Bread, our local food bank managed by our friends at Cornerstone House. The note reads:

“Thank you once again for your magnificent contribution to our food bank over the last year and for the wonderful Christmas gifts. In 2015 with your help, between both food banks we gave out over 1500 food parcels into the community and 2016 has exceeded this number. Your continuing support is indeed welcome, so thank you again. It is a blessing not only to those who serve but also to the many people and families who benefit especially at Christmas. God Bless and we wish you all a prosperous 2017.”

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Handbags wanted!

Many women have old handbags lurking at the back of their wardrobes, either used or waiting to be used ‘some day’. Cumbernauld Old might just have the solution.

Between now and 4th December we will be collecting for the Lanarkshire Baby Bank Christmas Handbag Appeal. We would invite you to join the Handbag Appeal by donating a handbag and fill it with some of these suggested items, things that we all take for granted but most of the mums this charity supports struggle to buy: toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, shampoo, conditioner, brush, comb, bobbles, lip gloss, nail polish, moisturiser, sanitary products, soap, hats, gloves, fluffy socks, razors, hand sanitiser, mouthwash, chocolate and sweets.

Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison will co-ordinate the donations and will be happy to receive handbags and any of the items on the list for this local charity. There will be a box in the church vestibule at the Village and in the Forge hall at Balloch for your donations of handbags, items on the wish list, or both. Thanks for your help. It will make a big difference.

You can find our more about the Lanarkshire Baby Bank on their Facebook page.

Village Food Bank – One Year On

The following article was printed in our recent Church Magazine. We thought it worth sharing…

Having supported the Cornerstone food bank for some time with weekly food donations from our congregation, Cumbernauld Old Parish Church decided to offer additional help in the form of a satellite food bank in our area too. Thus with the support of our friends at Cornerstone, the Village food bank opened its doors in April 2015 at the Session House in the Village.

The Cumbernauld Village food bank is open in the church Session House on Friday mornings from 11 – 12.30 to provide not just food and toiletries but support and a welcome for some of the most vulnerable in our community. Advice can be given regarding courses on basic cooking and budgeting as well as providing information regarding other agencies who may be of help. An important function is to provide a relaxed friendly place where people can come to share and chat over a coffee and feel valued.

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Life for African Mothers

Life for African Mothers logo

Knitters in the congregation are invited to help themselves to wool from the basket in the vestibule at church or at the back of the hall in Balloch to knit items for baby bundles for this charity. Any form of baby clothes would be appreciated – don’t worry about dark colours – or six-inch squares to make blankets. More information can be found in our church newsletter. Thanks a million to Margaret Robinson for her kind donation and to Elizabeth Snedden and Anne Morrison.

Read more about this initiative at http://lifeforafricanmothers.org/knit-save/
“Life for African Mothers is incorporated as a Charity: No. 1140183”

Life for African Mothers

Food Banks – a request for help

As far as we know, there are now two ‘official’ Food Banks in Cumbernauld. At its recent meeting the Kirk Session at Cumbernauld Old agreed that we should encourage the congregation to help our local community by contributing to these banks, run by the Salvation Army and Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Most of the goods needed are tinned items (e.g. mince, ravioli, stew, peas, beans, etc.) and we hope to have a full list available next week or soon thereafter, and place a box for donated items at both the Parish Church and Forge Community Centre from Sunday 9th March. We’ll keep you posted with further details once they are available.

Church & Society eNews – December 2013

The Church & Society Council of the Church of Scotland ‘Speak Out‘ newsletter for December 2013 encourages church members (and others!) to Speak Out against Human Trafficking – a practice the Council regards as “modern day slavery” and which is happening in Scotland right now. To find out more and get details about how we can play our part in speaking out against this practice, visit the main article on the Church of Scotland website.

The newsletter also reports on the Church and Society Conference held in October, looks at the legacy of the IF Campaign in Scotland, encourages members to become blood and organ donors, looks back at Living Wage Week 2013, reports on the Stop Destitution Campaign, introduces the Your Faith Your Finance initiative, encourages churches to take part in Earth Hour 2014 (which will be on Saturday 29 March at 8.30pm), and much more.

Click to read the full newsletter

Church & Society eNews

As mentioned in another post, we’ve not updated our blog for a few months – we have, however, ensured our church website is up-to-date – and so a bit of blogging catch-up is required.

What follows, therefore, are the links to the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council newsletters from May 2013 onwards.
Please note that some of the news, especially that reported in the earlier editions, may have been superseded by events. Nevertheless, there is much still of current interest in terms of the Council’s interests and activities: poverty, ethical finance and Scotland’s independence referendum to name but three.

Church & Society Council eNewsletter – May 2013
Church & Society Council eNewsletter – July 2013
Church & Society Council eNewsletter – August 2013
Church & Society Council eNewsletter – September 2013
Church & Society Council eNewsletter – October 2013

No Church & Society newsletters were issued in June and November, while the December newsletter will be added to our blog within the next day or two.

Church & Society eNews – April 2013

The April 2013 edition of the Church of Scotland’s Church & Society Council newsletter looks forward to some of the issues that will form part of the Council’s report to this year’s General Assembly of the Church, which convenes in Edinburgh in May.

As the newsletter states: “Our work and prayer, action and reflection are seen through the lens of priority to the poorest and most marginalised. The General Assembly is a chance for the Church to debate political, economic and social issues, and to set the direction for future thinking.”

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